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Top 5 cricket team celebrations

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We look back at various incidents of when cricket teams celebrated their wins in unique fashion.

Pakistan no 'push' overs

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Pakistan celebrated their victory over England at Lord's in unusual style as the entire squad, led by Younis Khan, performed a series of push-ups.

It was Misbah-ul-Haq who started the trend after he celebrated his hundred on the first day of the test in similar fashion.

The Pakistan skipper would later explain his celebration saying, "That was my promise to the army guys. We did a camp in Abbottabad, in Lahore, and when we stepped into the ground we did ten push-ups. And I promised them, if ever I score a hundred, I will definitely do that to remind you that we were there" The entire Pakistan team had gone to an army boot camp prior to their tour of England to improve their infamously poor fitness.

India's version of 'Gangnam Style'

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It's difficult, if not impossible, to match a West Indian's dance moves. But if someone can, Virat Kohli may just be that man. Less than an year after West Indies claimed the World T20 title, India won the mini World Cup or the Champions Trophy in England. Once again, it was the hosts on the receiving end, as India won a thrilling final by five runs at Edgbaston. Virat Kohli led India's celebrations after the trophy presentation by doing his version of the 'Gangnam Style', often interpolated with a series of push-ups. No sooner did the team started celebrating, Ravinder Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Umesh Yadav too were bitten by the Gangnam bug.

Windies in 'Gangnam Style'

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In July 2012 South Korean pop artist PSY released a single titled 'Gangnam Style'. Three months later, West Indies won the World T20 title in Sri Lanka, and how did they celebrate? Of course, by doing the Gangnam dance (pretending to hold the reigns of a horse in one hand and spinning the lasso in the other) a virtual horse-trot if you may please! Despite West Indies beating the hosts in the final, the locals present at the Premadasa couldn't escape their infectious energy and joined in the fun. Five months after its release, 'Gangnam Style' became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views; Perhaps the calypso kings of 2012 can take some credit for that.

England's Sprinkler Dance

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Soon after Australia won the fourth Ashes Test of 2010 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, they unleashed a type of celebration that the cricket world hadn't seen heretofore - The Sprinkler. England all-rounder Paul Collingwood was credited with rediscovering this 80s dance form, and England captain Andrew Strauss described it as their version of the "Haka". England's travelling fans, The Barmy Army, too joined in the fun from the stands. It took no time for 'The Sprinkler' to become an internet sensation. At the time, a leading Australian daily carried a headline describing the scenes at the MCG that afternoon, "England dances on Australia's Ashes grave".

West Indies 'Champions' Indeed

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Champions.. Champions.. Champions ... Champions: this became the unofficial anthem of the 2016 World T20. The song sung by Dwayne Bravo, served as a motivating factor for the West Indies team in their fight against their Cricket Board over player contracts and payments. Names like Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan & Serena Williams that were part of the lyrics, were enough to inspire the team from the Caribbean; whilst for the fans, it was the rhythm and the dance that made it a hit. 'Champion Dance' was released by Bravo days ahead of the tournament, but it only became an internet hit after the West Indies performed it on the cricket field, both, after the semis win against India, and the victory in the final vs England, with legends like Brian Lara and Usain Bolt joining in too.

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